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Awards for Excellent Research: Six Prizes for DZD Scientists

The German Diabetes Association (DDG) will honor several researchers of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) at the DDG Congress in Hamburg on May 24th -27th. The highest distinction of the DDG, the Paul Langerhans Medal, goes to Professor Michael Roden, a board member of the DZD.

DZD-Vorstand Prof. Michael Roden, Preisträger der Paul-Langerhans-Medaille 2017. Quelle: DDG


The German Diabetes Association has been awarding the medal, named after the German pathologist Paul Langerhans, to international top researchers in diabetology for more than 40 years. This year the diabetes expert Professor Michael Roden is the recipient of the award. Roden is director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital and scientific director and executive board member of the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD.

In addition, further research awards of the DDG will be awarded to scientists of the DZD:

  • Professor Dr. Norbert Stefan of the Institute of Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen will be awarded the Werner Creutzfeldt Prize.
  • Dr. Christian Baumeier of the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke will receive the DDG Young Investigator Award.
  • Dr. Carolin Daniel of the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München will be awarded the Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Prize.

The DDG also supports particularly promising projects. Here research projects of the DZD were also successful. The Hellmut Mehnert Project Grant will go to Dr. Bengt-Frederik Belgardt of the German Diabetes Center. In addition, Professor Andreas Fritsche of the Institute of Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen will receive the Hans Christian Hagedorn Project Grant.

Professor Hans-Georg Joost, until 2014 scientific director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition and speaker of the DZD, will receive the DDG Honorary Membership.

Additional news after the conference:
With all of the five awards for best talks DZD scientists were honored: J. Santiago, Tübingen (Session: Diabetes, a disease of the brain); S. Saussenthaler, Potsdam (Session: DZD: The genetic and epigenetic code of metabolic dysfunction); C. Baumeier, Potsdam (Session: Development and treatment of NAFLD); E. Alvarez Hernandez, Düsseldorf (Session: Development and treatment of NAFLD); M. Apostolopoulou, Düsseldorf (Session: Adipositas und Metabolisches Syndrom).  Two of the three awarded posters were also made by DZD scientists: A. Müller, Dresden, und M. Rödiger, Potsdam.